GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The United Way has distributed over a million dollars in assistance to local non-profits. One of those non-profits who received grant money from United Way is Joyful Journey. They closed during the stay at home order but now have been open since June 9th.
"It wasn't something we were able to do by ourselves," said Bess Witcosky the director of Joyful Journey Adult Day Services. Witcosky says they accrued many expenses having to open back up after being closed for around three months.
"They awarded us some grant funding that has allowed us to as we ramp up our services and fill in the gaps of that service break to maintain our operations," added Witcosky.
The first phase of the United Way's funding for non-profits was to help them with necessities like rent, utilities, and food. Now the organization is changing its focus.
"As we have moved into the second stage of the process we've really gotten into the sustainability of nonprofits as they have lost revenue and fundraising opportunities,' said Michael Budd the CEO of United Way of Greater Lafayette.
United Way of Greater Lafayette has awarded funding to 21 nonprofits in the area, and all of them provide services that are needed now more than ever.
"The focus is on health and human service organizations ideally that are providing critical services during this crisis," added Budd.
Joyful Journey provides social activities for adults 18 years of age and older. Many of the people they serve have underlying health conditions.
"We are a social form of health care which makes it very interesting to keep maintaining our operations in the age of social distancing," added Witcosky.
Since the non-profit mostly provides services to seniors, they had to change the way they care for their participants. Those changes came at a cost. A cost the organization says would have been challenging if not for the United Way.
"It has really helped offset that cost,” said Witcosky. “We are so appreciative."
Budd says they have around $300,000 left of funding support for non-profits. The United Way says it is now preparing for an increase in the need for housing, mental health, and substance abuse services in the near future. For more information on the non-profits that have received assistance click here.